Dene Godfrey, Karl Lintner and Klaus Stanzl have been selected as the three finalists to battle it out in the public vote for the In-Cosmetics 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises the outstanding accomplishments of individuals who have made a significant impact on the cosmetic and personal care industry.

Dene Godfrey has been working in the cosmetics industry for 32 years and has gained recognition by his peers for his work in the field of preservatives and consumer education. He has held a number of key roles at companies such as The Boots Company and Nipa Laboratories. In 2002 he founded MGS MicroPure and established the Paratexin brand name in the UK and several other markets. Dene currently works at Azelis, responsible for both technical and commercial aspects of preservation systems. He is an active member of the UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) and was President in 2009/2010. During his career, Dene has contributed to many industry publications and has had letters published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr Karl Lintner, who holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, is well known in the industry for his contribution to work on skin biochemistry. After ten years researching Biological Peptides at the Nuclear Research Centre in Saclay, France, he moved on to positions at leading companies including Henkel and Sederma, where he was CEO for ten years. During his career Dr Lintner has filed several dozen patents, published numerous articles and book chapters on cosmetics ingredients and is an active member of SCC (US) and SFC (France). He is currently an independent consultant and president of KAL’IDEES, as well as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cosmetic Science. He received the Maison-de-Navarre Medal of the SCC (US) in 2012.

Dr Klaus Stanzl has dedicated his career to the cosmetics industry and has played an integral part in the research and development of pioneering cosmetic innovations. After obtaining his Ph.D. in chemistry, he started his career in quality management and later became Vice President at Lancaster where he worked on launches including the patented Skin Therapy technology. In 2004 he became CEO and president at Symrise Inc USA and worked on projects including developing an alternative method to animal testing. Dr Stanzl is a member of the German Society of Cosmetic Chemists and is co-owner of more than thirty patents and has published over fifty scientific publications worldwide.

The winner will be officially announced at in-cosmetics 2013 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles Paris on 16 April. You can vote for your winner at before 1st April.